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First Day — Dec 01, 2019

TEEN GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION

Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to compete for best gingerbread house honors at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Artesia Public Library. Fun challenges will include most-complicated house and tallest house, and winners will receive prizes. Materials will be provided. For more information, contact Jessica Paschal, teen services librarian, at 746-8515


CAROLERS NEEDED

The Ocotillo Comedy Troupe will be caroling at various events during the month of December and is in need of carolers. The first rehearsal will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Ocotillo Performing Artes Center. For more information, contact Kandese Green at 746-4212.

GOOD SHEPHERD TOY DRIVE

New and used toys are now being collected for the 19th Annual Good Shepherd Toy Giveaway. Toys may be dropped off from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the corner of 13th and Main streets or any time between now and Dec. 21 at Forever Free Fellowship, 801 W. Grand Ave. Toys will be distributed to local children during the 19th Annual Good Shepherd Toy Giveaway Dec. 21. For more information, call 575-520-1075, or 308-3557.

TWEEN TIME

Students in grades 6-8 are invited to Tween Time from noon – 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Artesia Public Library. Come make Christmas gifts for loved ones. Materials will be provided. For more information, contact Jessica Paschal, teen services librarian, at 746-8515.

SCHOOL BOARD

The Artesia Public Schools Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in the Lowell M. Irby Board Room at the APS Administration Building, 301 Bulldog Blvd. A copy of the agenda for this meeting is available at the Administration Building or online at http://www.bulldogs.org.

DECEMBER BLOOD DRIVES

Vitalant will hold two blood drives during the month of December: 2:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the Senior Center multi-purpose room; and 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the Bloodmobile at HollyFrontier in the Blue Quail Shopping Center.

PARENTS’ DAY OUT

Hermosa Church of Christ will host a Parents’ (Christmas Shopping) Day Out from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2512 W. Bush Ave. Drop off kids ages toddler to fifth grade for a day of Christ-filled fun while parents do their holiday shopping. The event is free of charge; lunch and snacks will be provided. RSVP by calling 748- 3301.

PESTICIDE APPLICATOR TRAINING

The Eddy County Extension Service will hold final pesticide applicator training from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Extension Office in Carlsbad. Cost is $10 per person; the class is good for five CEUs. Exams must be arranged by calling 575-646-3007. For more information and to preregister, call 575-887-6595 at least seven days before the class.

 YOGA AT THE 510 

A Beginning Virtual Yoga class with instructor Susie Grossman, streaming from Indiana, is held from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesday Yoga with Brenna from 5:15-6:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the 510 Building, 510 W. Main St. Cost is $10 for drop-ins or a $60 member card for 10 classes. For more information, call 746-4212.

ADULT PROGRAMS AT APL

Adults ages 18 and up are encouraged to explore the new services available to them at the Artesia Public Library. Text @apladults to 81010 to receive news concerning adult programs, events and services via phone.

BIBLE STUDY

First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 402 W. Grand Ave., will host a “Life, Liberty, Happiness” Bible study with Henry McGowen from 6-7:30 pm. Wednesdays. Dinner is at 5:15 p.m., followed by small groups for all ages.

WW

WW (formerly Weight Watchers) will meet at 5:15 p.m. Wednesdays at First United Methodist Church, 500 W. Grand Ave. For more information, visit ww.com.

SNMCAC SEEKS VOLUNTEERS

The Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation (SNMCAC) is seeking volunteers for its foster grandparent and senior companion programs. Participants must be 55 or older and must be income eligible. A tax-free hourly stipend is paid, plus mileage to and from the volunteer station. Interested persons may contact Delilah Coss at 746-6712.

MENTAL HEALTH PODCAST

Podcast discussion groups on mental health and community development issues are held at 4:30 p.m. Saturdays at www. gotomeeting.me/MarkSilla. For more information, call 708- 0033.

INTRODUCTION TO BRIDGE

Introduction to Bridge classes are offered at 9 a.m. Mondays at the Senior Center. Those wishing to learn the basics or who feel a little rusty about playing on a regular basis are encouraged to attend, as Artesia’s bridge community is in need of players.

S P A Y /N E U T E R CERTIFICATES

Paws & Claws will be distributing spay and neuter certificates every Wednesday, until further notice, to anyone adopting an animal ages 6 months or older.

H E R M O S A R E C O N S T R U C T I O N PROJECT

Phase III of the Hermosa Drive Reconstruction Project Phase III is expected to last approximately three months from Sept. 16 and will extend from just west of 18th Street to west of 20th Street. This section of Hermosa Drive will be closed during construction. For more information, contact Darin at 626-1140, Tod at 626-6013, or Scott at 626-5042.

PICKLEBALL

The public is invited to play pickleball from 7-9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Jaycee Park. For more information, contact Maria Mendoza at 703-5223.

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY

First Baptist Church will host a women’s Community Bible Study from 9:30-11:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 3. CBS is open to women and children ages 0-5, along with a homeschool program for grades K-6. Study will include James, Colossians, Thessalonians 1 and 2, Galatians and Philippians. Registration is available online at artesia.cbsclass.org.

ON THE MOVE

On the Move will temporarily not be accepting clothing donations with the exception of children’s and up-to-date designer clothing. All clothing donations should be clean and folded. Other types of donations should be clean and in working order. Towels, blankets and furniture are always needed. Donations are tax-deductible. The On the Move Outreach Center, 515 W. Centre Ave., is open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturdays. On the Move is seeking board members and volunteers. For more information, call 708-0033.